Aussies pay heavy toll for lack of sleep
TIREDNESS is killing Australians, with more than 3000 deaths a year linked to lack of shut- eye.
Fuelled by digital devices, a reliance on caffeine and bringing work home, people are increasingly flouting guidelines and paying the ultimate price.
A new report by Deloitte Access Economics, commissioned by Sleep Health Foundation, reveals more Australians are dying from causes related to sleep deprivation than on the roads.
The report found that In 2016- 17, 3017 deaths were linked to sleep deprivation, including 394 from industrial accidents or road crashes.
Health conditions linked to lack of sleep, including heart disease and diabetes, are also killing people with four in 10 Australians suffering from inadequate sleep. Australia’s road toll in 2016 was 1292.
Deloitte says bad sleep costs Australia $ 66.3 billion in 201617, including $ 26.2 billion from the financial burden of healthcare, lost productivity and accidents.